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International Crimes Tribunal

Prosecution seeks Sayedee’s death

Prosecution seeks Sayedee’s death

Attorney General Mahbubey Alam today prayed to the Supreme Court to give death penalty to Jamaat leader Delwar Hossain Sayedee in all the cases proved before the International Crimes Tribunal (ICT) -1. He made the prayer while placing concluding arguments on the appeal in connection with the crimes against humanity cases lodged against Sayedee. The ICT-1 on February 28 last year awarded death penalty in two charges although the eight charges were proved against him. On March 28, Sayedee filed an appeal with the apex court seeking acquittal from the charges...

WAR CRIMES

Investigators seek Jamaat ban

Investigators seek Jamaat ban

After conviction and indictment of top leaders of Jamaat-e-Islami for wartime offences, investigators have sought ban of the organisation and its associate bodies saying there are evidence of their involvement in the 1971 crimes. "We're also going to urge the prosecution for seeking confiscation of the assets of Jamaat and its associate organisations which...

Arab League chief hails war trial

Arab League chief hails war trial

The Arab League chief Nabil El Araby has praised Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for holding trial for war crimes, according to the foreign ministry. The message was conveyed when State Minister for Foreign Affairs Shahriar Alam met him in Cairo yesterday, said a foreign ministry press release issued today. "The Arab League Secretary-General Dr Nabil El Araby praised Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s “guts and determination” to form and hold trials at the International Crimes Tribunals, Bangladesh (ICT-BD)," said the release. During the meeting, the veteran diplomat recounted memories of the deliberations in the UN Security Council during Bangladesh’s 1971 War of Liberation. The Secretary-General said he was following the developments with trials at...

Tribunal summons Bergman over '71 comment

Tribunal summons Bergman over '71 comment

A special tribunal in Dhaka today summoned David Bergman, a special correspondent to English daily New Age, to explain his blog posts that question the number of Liberation War martyrs. The British journalist will have to appear before International Crimes Tribunal-2 on March 6 with a reply or send the explanation through his lawyers. The move came two days after a Supreme Court lawyer, Adul Kalam Azad, moved to the court seeking a contempt move against Bergman saying Bergman "termed the tribunal's claim of 30 lakh martyrs as wrong". According to the petitioner, the New Age journalist made the comments in his two blog posts uploaded on November 11, 2011 and January...

UAE postpones execution of 3 Bangladeshis

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) temporarily postponed execution of death sentence awarded to three Bangladeshis to allow them time to negotiate with the blood heirs of the victims. The decision taken as part of provisions to complete the legal formalities regarding the pardon came following the continuous and intensive effort by the Bangladesh Embassy in Abu Dhabi to get amnesty in this regard, according to a press release of the ministry of foreign affairs. The UAE authorities scheduled to execute the...

4 Cases of War Crimes, Jamaat Role

Probe reports likely in two months

The war crimes investigation agency may submit within two months its probe reports on at least four cases, including one on Jamaat-e-Islami for its Liberation War role. Abdul Hannan Khan, coordinator of the agency, told The Daily Star on Tuesday, "We will be able to complete the investigation on three to four cases in next two months." He noted with concern that the delay in recruiting a judge not only held back trial proceedings at the International Crimes Tribunal-1 but also...

WAR TRIAL

Ex-JP minister Qaiser indicted

Ex-JP minister Qaiser indicted

A Dhaka tribunal today indicted Syed Mohammad Qaisar, a former state minister for agriculture from Jatiya Party, on 16 charges, including genocide, torture, murder and rape during the Liberation War in 1971. Qaisar, now 73, formed a group named “Qaisar Bahini” with 500 to 700 men, who committed crimes against humanity in Habiganj and Brahmanbaria during the War of Independence of the country, according to prosecution. He was also a commander of the Rajakars (an auxiliary group of then Pakistan) in the districts, the prosecution added. The three-member International Crimes Tribunal-2, headed by its Chairman Justice Obaidul Hassan today fixed March 4 for the opening statement of the prosecution. Qaisar who was produced...

Subhan indicted for war crimes

Subhan indicted for war crimes

A tribunal in Dhaka today framed nine charges of wartime offences against Jamaat-e-Islami leader Abdus Subhan for his alleged crimes against humanity committed during the country’s Liberation War in 1971. Subhan, an alleged leader of the Peace Committee in 1971, has been charged with murder, genocide, loot, abduction, confinement, arson and torture committed at different parts in Pabna from April 17 to October 30.

ICT disposes of contempt plea against Economist

ICT disposes of contempt plea against Economist

A Dhaka tribunal disposes of contempt petition against two editors of “The Economist” for publishing Skype conversation between a judge and an expatriate Bangladeshi legal expert

HRW for protecting war crimes witnesses

HRW for protecting war crimes witnesses

Human Rights Watch urges Bangladesh to urgently set up an effective mechanism to protect witnesses in the war crimes trials

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